An Ode To Parks and Rec

Parks and Recreation survived long past expected into seven glorious seasons. Thank God it did. In a few short days, it became one of my favorite shows thanks to Netflix’s never ending stream of awesome. Sadly, the series finale was last night. This show was funnier than the Office and more real than 30 Rock. The cast had unbelievable chemistry and produced a show that will live in our minds forever. I will seriously miss Leslie Knope and her wonderful world of weirdos and waffles. The season finale was so amazing I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So I did both. Parks and Rec gave us so many amazing things: Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza’s perfect deadpan voice and personality as April, Ron freaking Swanson, treat yo’self as one of Tom and Donna’s quotables, Chris Pratt, the most perfect couple in all coupledom Ben and Leslie, literally my most favorite Rob Lowe character ever, and a ridiculous number of other things. There are too many Buzzfeed lists to comprehend and they make me sad when I look at them. So goodbye, Parks and Recreation, you poetic and noble land mermaid, you beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk ox, you magical, priceless gem. You will be missed.

I love you and I like you.

Be A Leslie Knope In A World Full of Liz Lemons
This is amazing and everyone should read it and pay attention.

The 40 Most Iconic Characters of Parks and Recreation, Ranked
Personal fave: #19, Nick Kroll’s The Douche. Bonus points for dating Amy Poehler in real life.

Parks and Recreation’s Cast Reunited onLate Night Because You Need It After Last Night’s Finale
Watch only if you want to cry.

The Best Weird Compliments Leslie Gives Ann on Parks and Recreation
Everyone needs a friend like Leslie.

Why Parks and Recreation’s Final Season Was Its Best Ever
Let’s be honest, they were all great. But the finale was amazing.

How Parks And Recreation beat the odds and went out on top

Parks and Rec Finale Review

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Fallin’ for Fallon

Tonight marks Jimmy Fallon’s one year anniversary as the host of The Tonight Show. Even though he’s been amazing since before his SNL years, during his time as a movie star (Fever Pitch, anyone?) and into Late Night, I think he’s surpassed everyone’s expectations on The Tonight Show. Firstly, bringing it back to New York was a huge move and stepping into Jay Leno’s shoes, bringing the ratings higher than ever was quite a feat. Crazy to think that’s it’s only been a year. I’ve only ever watched The Tonight Show since he’s hosted. And before that, Late Night. There’s just something about Jimmy that draws you in. I hate missing his nightly shows, and one of the first things I do the next day is watch clips of it online, regardless of if I’d seen it already. It’s just that good. And others seem to think so, because I tried getting tickets to see him when I went to NYC in December and it was a no-go even though I had 3 computers refreshing to get tickets and it still sold out in milliseconds. Not seconds, milliseconds.

I’m both insanely jealous of and incredibly in love with how Jimmy talked about the SNL 40th special and after party because he gets so happy, and talks so passionately about everything. It’s so genuine. I love celebs that are like that, and Jimmy is notorious for being really sweet to fans that approach him in public.

Some of my favorite look backs over the past year of The Tonight Show are:

Tight Pants

Lip Sync Offs

Impressions

Ew!

His (Almost) Date

O Captain, My Captain

Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing

Morgan Freeman and Helium

Back to L.A.

Anything with J.T.

not The Tonight Show, but still worth watching.

And I’m sure the next few years will be just as, if not more, exciting and hilarious, because Jimmy wouldn’t have it any other way.

40 Years at SNL

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Live from New York, it’s (the 40th Anniversary Special of) Saturday Night!

And for one night only, New York’s hottest club is…

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the SNL studio!

The special, which starts tonight at 7 on NBC, will be a three and a half hour packed Studio 8H boasting a long list of former cast mates, hosts, musical guests, and favorites of the show (including Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, and on and on). They even released an awesome app and you can now text emojis of your favorite sketches! Like stefon, above, coneheads, and more!

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There are many great lists of the best ever on SNL, but here are a few of my all time favorites:

(I apologize for the short and/or bad quality of some, they didn’t have DVR in the early days!)

Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard I was actually crying real tears.

Schweddy Balls

I’m So Freaking Excited

I say this to my sister almost daily, about anything.

More Cowbell

Celebrity Jeopardy

My siblings and I quote this religiously.

Amy Poehler’s Pregnant Rap

If you haven’t already read Yes, Please, (who even are you then?) she details this event in an entire chapter and it’s so worth reading.

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Chippendale’s Audition

Anything from The Lonely Island

Creating anthems for my generation and the next.

What is Love?

From which my favorite movie was born…

Granted, I may not have been old enough to watch the show for many of these, it just goes to show how awesome and generation-boundary-busting Saturday Night Live can be.

Unfortunately, the incredible people in the line up to return won’t involve some fan favorites, as they were taken too soon. But you can be damn sure they won’t be forgotten.

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Don’t miss it! It’s going to be a show for the ages, (not all ages, obviously) but I’d be sad to miss any second of it.

Sunday, Feb 15 @ 7pm on NBC

Galentine’s Day!

In the words of the amazing, wonderful Leslie Knope, “February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends.”

Yes, it should. Just as February 15th is National Half Priced Candy Day, Pt. 1 (Pt. 2 is after Halloween). So to all my besties, I love y’all. But they already know hence the reason we’re hanging out tonight with chick flicks, take out, and wine. So go celebrate your best friends, especially since National Best Friends Day isn’t til June. You can never celebrate your friends enough, because ovaries before brovaries.

Switching Up Date Night

Normally “Date Night” consists of two of my closest friends at college and the latest crime or serial killer documentary on Netflix. But lately, I’ve been venturing out to watch other things on the website that I’ll probably eventually marry. (We have been dating for awhile…)

I never realized how many great comedy specials were on Netflix. I’d watched Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me, and was sadly unimpressed (come back to TV, Chelsea, please!). But it did lead me to many other amazing comedians that I’ve been watching at work (I have a very important and strenuous job, obviously) or at home (when I’m not doing homework, Mom and Dad, I swear I’m still on Dean’s List!) and I’m loving the change up from death, mayhem, and nightmares. Now I’m no longer terrified to walk downstairs in the dark in my own apartment. Instead, I walk downstairs and almost start crying laughing because I see something that reminds me of one of Nick Offerman’s 10 Tips for a Prosperous Life.

Nick Offerman, American Ham

Iliza Shlesinger, Freezing Hot

Aziz Ansari, Buried Alive and Dangerously Delicious AND Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening

Bo Burnham, what.

John Mulaney, New in Town

Jim Jeffries, Bare and Fully Functional

Chris Porter, Ugly and Angry

Dave Gorman, Stand-Up. Live.

John Hodgman, Ragnarok

Tina & Amy’s Third Time’s The Charm

I love these awards because they never take themselves too seriously. Obviously since they have Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as their hosts for the 3rd time (who both did amazing, btw). But it’s great because we get to see a side of Hollywood not normally shown, a behind the scenes at the people we watch on screen most of the time, a peek into the process of getting a film made, how intense it can actually be, and all the people that are involved in it. It’s awesome, definitely one of my favorite nights of tv throughout the year.

Top 7 Moments:

1. Amy & Tina’s opening was the best they’ve ever done. It hit on so many people and so many levels, I don’t think they missed anything (except TV). Calling out Joaquin Phoenix and making fun of Emma Watson’s “Big Eyes”, I just love how fearless and funny they are.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch being plucked from the audience to present with Jennifer Aniston, much to his happy surprise

3. When the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association took time to come out and speak out about the incident in Paris, stating “Je suis Charlie” to a standing ovation.

4. Common’s inspiring speech about how he and everyone should “elevate their humanity.”

5. George Clooney’s DeMille Award tribute (even though his wife should have won according to Tina & Amy) and subsequent speech honoring Robin Williams and such. And giving the cutest shoutout to his amazing wife, Amal, and another to the brave people in Paris because “we will not walk in fear.”

6. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt on stage together.

7. Eddie Redmayne’s win! and amazing speech, which made him cutting his honeymoon short worth it. So happy for him, he deserved it!!

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Into The Woods
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Pride

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Emily Blunt (Into The Woods)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Lego Movie
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Tangerines
Leviathan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)
Emma Stone (Birdman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaries, Armando Bo (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Johan Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Big Eyes
John Legend and Common (Selma)
Noah
Annie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
Downton Abbey
The Affair
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Good Wife

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA
Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Julianne Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Clive Owen (The Knick)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Dominic West (The Affair)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

BEST TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Orange Is The New Black
Girls
Jane the Virgin
Transparent
Silicon Valley

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Louie C.K. (Louie)

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Olive Kitteridge
Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Frances O’Connor (The Missing)

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Allison Janney (Mom)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES, OR TV MOVIE
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)

I love these behind the scenes pics from @nbctv and @goldenglobes like this!

You’re The Worst

This is probably the best show on TV that you’re not watching. It’s hands down my new favorite show. I originally only saw it because I was watching Married, the show with Judy Greer and Nat Faxon that comes on before YTW. It’s like the before and after of marriage in one hour.

One night I was procrastinating schoolwork more than the usual and I got hooked. I admit it might have been main character Jimmy’s British accent, (I’m still a bit London nostalgic) or the fact that the mean girl from the beginning of Pitch Perfect plays the hilarious best friend.

7 Reasons To Watch You’re The Worst:

1. This isn’t a forced romantic comedy

Nothing about this show is forced like so many shows, especially romantic comedies, on TV these days (I’m looking at you ABC Family). I love that Jimmy and Gretchen are hilarious, but not in an overdone way.

2. They are your new TV besties

Even though both main characters, and the supporting characters a bit are all endearing wrecks of people, you still want to be them/best friends with them. The supporting characters, Edgar and Lindsay, are sincerely funny in their own right, not relying on Gretchen and Jimmy for all their jokes and quirks.

3. Produced by Orange Is The New Black and Weeds producer, Stephen Falk.

Need I say more?

4. Are you a millennial?

It’s every love cynic and commitment-phobe’s dream which is basically every millennial ever.

5. My new Sunday theme song:

6. Disney darling, Brandon Smith, plays a hilarious, always high, skating rapper.

7. The main character makes a vodka smoothie.

Why hadn’t I thought of that before…?

So start binge watching before the season finale on Thursday. Mostly because I want a second season.

As if you still need anymore convincing to watch, Buzzfeed has put together a magical list of 7 more reasons why you should already be watching, so clearly you should.

 

 You’re the Worst season finale airs Thursday, September 18th at 10:30 on FX.